A trial ended Nov. 13 with a Barren County jury finding Donald Lee Smith, 55, of Cave City guilty of first-degree sexual abuse, in a continuing course of conduct, victim under 12 years of age. After the penalty phase of the trial in circuit court, the jury recommended a sentence of five years, according to a press release from Commonwealth's Attorney John Gardner.

This matter was investigated by Trooper Josh Amos of the Kentucky State Police and prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Resa Gardner. Gardner stated that she was pleased with the jury’s verdict in holding Smith accountable for his actions.

Smith is set for final sentencing by the court on Feb. 17, 2020.

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